5.06.2010

Master Bedroom Spruce Up

Sometimes you just want a little spruce up once in awhile that doesn't take a lot of money or time. Spring has me all gah-gah over the whiteness of everything in the design mags. Was I ready to take a leap from my warm tans and jewel tones yet? Could I do it under $200? Here is my bedroom, before, all warm and cozy - Tan, black, red, and gold:



The comforter just didn't hold up well and was getting lumpy. The curtains were too short and stuck onto the window as an afterthought. My night stand was too tall and too small to be functional, and the love seat matched nothing and was purchased 10 years ago because it was cheap and I needed someplace to sit and nurse babies.



I decided not to paint, and started with in the easiest and most obvious spot, new bedding. I tried to go all white - I really did! But it just was too bland for my taste. I couldn't get the hang of making it interesting with textures, so I ended up with this tan and white quilt:



I loved that it was quilted and wouldn't allow the batting to ball up over time, and I still got a mostly white look by folding it neatly at the end of the bed over a textured blanket.

I added some shams and throw pillows and kept the bed skirt to add a punch of color and match the curtains I had plans for. The bed was complete for under $100! Oh, one tip: I have a queen sized bed, but purchased a king sized quilt to get a generous hang on the sides. I hate skimpy bed covers! (Do you love this quilt? They had lots of them last week at my TJ Maxx).



Next, I decided to rework the curtains I already had since I wanted to incorporate more of the red I'd used by saving the bed skirt. I decided these windows were too small for a long curtain and cut them into a Reversible Window Valance using a bit of tan for the contrasting color. Since I only had to purchase about 2 yards of new material, the "new" curtains cost about $10 and let in more light.



I found this Country Living brand night stand in the same red at TJ Maxx (with a little scratch in the top) for $30! Sold!



And then I did a little of this...



And ended up with this:



I covered the throw pillows with leftover curtain fabrics and added some of a clearance floral I've been saving in my stash for about a year. I'm so glad I finally got to use it! $50 worth of fabric (11 yards of cotton duck) got me a new love seat that is a blank pallet I can pretty up any way I want to.

There is only one thing missing...art for over the bed! Well, you'll just have to come back on Monday to see the finished room, complete with art.

Come on back tomorrow for Feedback Friday and I'll see you Saturday for my Tutorial Tuesday wrap up. Be there, or be square!

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32 comments :

  1. Fabulous...who needs a slipcover party anyway!! ;-) I'm coming to your house to learn. Great thrifty makeover...I'm impressed....Oh, that's right, I was already impressed ;-)

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  2. Ok...I'm looking at that couples painting and trying to figure out what position they are in...lots of legs and arms...it is making me smile ;-)

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  3. wow, great job ! It's totally different! :)

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  4. Nice score on the red table and the quilt. Gotta love TJ's! I like the art the you moved over the loveseat. And I am impressed with the slip cover, I don't think I would take that one on!

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  5. what a nice way to brighten up your bedroom...love the valances - are they just laying over a rod? Loveseat came out great! Well done!

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  6. When do you sleep?? I desperately need a new quilt for our bed. Maybe I'll see you at TJM later?

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  7. I like that! Nice job on the slipcover.

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  8. Your slipcover skills are impressive, lady! Can't wait to see what else you do. Little touches can sure add up.

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  9. what a difference a new bed cover makes. the room looks great. btw i LOVE the couple art and am glad it got re-homed and not out altogether.

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  10. Beautiful! My master bedroom is long over due for a little bit of sprucing. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  11. Looks GREAT! Totally ready for Spring and Summer! I like white bedding too, but am too chicken to go all in :-)

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  12. Awesome spruce up! I love the new bedding!

    And you do realize that by showing your whipped together slipcover that you just doomed yourself to showing me how to do it?

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  13. it looks fantastic! i have to get extra stuff out of my room....

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  14. Love the transformation! (And I like the bits of color, white white is just too sterlie for me!)

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  15. Beautiful! I love that it's mostly white, but not all white, a touch of color is never bad! Love it!

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  16. what fun! I love a good spruce up!

    Our bedroom will be first on the update list once we move (somewhere!!??) this summer...

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  17. Jennifer~ I love the lighter colors for the season!! It turned out light and airy. Thanks for sharing ~Carrie

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  18. i love your idea of buying a quilt larger than your bed b.c i hate skimpy covers too! unfortunately, i have a king so I can't buy anything bigger :(

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  19. I really love the artwork and white, bright roooms make me happpy:)

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  20. i love the new look! All white is pretty, but I just see disaster in my future with two kiddos. They love to come in and crawl all over my bed. I love the tan accents in your quilt. I also love TJ MAXX!!!!! Have you ever been to a TJ MAXX and More? They are the best. They have way more home good items. I wish they had one where I lived! Thanks for sharing!
    -Amy

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  21. The room looks great! It's so easy to put the bedroom on the bottom of the decorating priority list since nobody else sees it. I ♥ TJ Maxx!

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  22. Thanks for the tour! I love your slip cover; you're so clever. Can you make one for me (3 seater sofa) and pop it in the post to England? Cheers!

    B x

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  23. Good Job Jen!! I need to do this (revamp) to every room in the house, but when it gets this bad it's just overwhelming, you know?
    Love that quilt...much better than all white.

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  24. Nice makeover. Great deal on that side table.

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  25. I could use a little spruce up too. You did a fabulous job and I like the white and reds.

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  26. Fabulous! Lovin' the slipcover!

    Judy@cutest-little-things

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  27. I love the painting too. What a perfect painting for a bedroom!

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  28. Yay for you!!!! Love that you made your own slipcover, and the bed looks great!!! :) I'm looking to redo our bedroom as well, and it needs a major overhaul!

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  29. Yeah! Fresh for spring! The slipcovers turned out GREAT!!!

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  30. Oooh, lovin' the little pops of red! I haven't been to TJ max lately, I should go shopping. ☺
    I did go to an art and architecture junkmarket (http://www.aajms.com/)this morning... I thought of you. Some very cool stuff. I left with some ideas, but not much product. Can't wait to see what you found for your new artwork!

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  31. I love how the slipcover came out! That looks like a really comfy spot. And the color scheme you chose is great. Can't wait to see the artwork....

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